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Let your learners put on their detective hats this National Writing Day! Our Intrigue and Suspense activity is perfect for getting even the most reluctant writers engaged with literacy, and will transform every learner into a seasoned investigator.

This four-step activity involves a small amount of prep time, some learning environment ideas, and five supporting PDF worksheets for teachers and learners. Follow our suggestions below and let your learners run wild with their imaginations!

Use examples from suspense films, books and plays. Discuss how the writer or director builds tension, and the feelings that these excerpts create. 

Build a bank of ‘suspense’ vocabulary to use later in the activity.

Ahead of time, or as a class activity, create a crime scene in your classroom. Add some eye-witnesses (either create written accounts or choose a handful of learners to role-play). 

Hand out our Detective’s notebook worksheet, and let your learners observe the ‘evidence’ and make notes of the eye-witness accounts.

Once your learners have filled out their detective notes, it’s time to develop them into either a storyboard or a newspaper article. Use our ready-made templates to show the class how their work should be laid out.

Use your vocabulary list from earlier, or go through our word and sentence starter suggestions.

Whether your class have become journalists or storytellers, all written work needs to be edited! 

Hand out our self-editing checklist worksheet and get your learners to review either their own work or their neighbour’s.


Share your learning!

We’d love to see how you and your learners get on with our ‘Intrigue and Suspense’ activity! Share your classroom crime-scenes, newspaper articles and suspenseful storyboards with us:

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